Long before the internet and holiday gift guides there was a ball point pen and a 20 pound JC Penney catalog. You’d lay on your belly and spend an hour circling anything that looked even remotely interesting. If it wasn’t circled, that meant you didn’t want it, and you would not want Santa to think you were unaccepting of any gift possibility.
Sometimes we would get so out of control we would start tagging items from the home decor section. I mean, every nine-year-old girl needs a table lamp.
Brady completed his obligatory toy selection on Thanksgiving. Like all the children before him, he circled as much as his little hand would allow before tiring out. He even chose presents for his sister, which was adorable. No enormous catalog, just a small Toys R Us mailer with no home decor section.
Even with just a few pages he still managed to request way more toys that Santa would ever consider bringing. He even circled things that he already owned.
“Brady, you already have that toy.”
“I know, I just need a uder one.”
No worries, I’m in good with Santa and I’ll make sure he doesn’t duplicate.